Friendship public hearing set for March 3
Friendship — There will be a public hearing Monday, March 3 to address all referendum questions up for secret ballot vote at town meeting March 17.
The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Friendship Town Office to hear public comment on the following:
— to spend $6,500 for fireworks for Friendship Day, Saturday, July 26.
— to spend $5,000 to provide a $2,500 stipend to the town clerk and town treasurer for health insurance. It is the intent that they will spend an additional 2.5 hours per week to be eligible for the stipend.
— to spend an additional $1,500 in the road budget to fund an increase in the road commissioner's salary to $31,850 and to increase the hourly wage of snowplow drivers by $1 per hour to $16 per hour.
— to spend $12,000 for the fire department budget to supplement what is appropriated
— to spend $1,000 for a stipend for the recreation director
— to create the position of Ball Field Maintenance Director and raise and appropriate $1,500 for an annual stipend for this position.
Secret ballot elections will be held Monday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and town meeting will be held Tuesday, March 18, at 6 p.m.
Candidates to be voted for in the municipal election are Arthur "Bubba" Thompson Jr. for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen and Pamela Cabanas for a three-year term as assessor.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
594-4401 ext. 125
Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.